Easily the most recognized piece of Pilates equipment, the Reformer is everyone’s favorite for good reason: with hundreds of exercises and positions to choose from, your instructor will have you sitting, standing, laying, planking, but best of all, MOVING on, over, and around the Reformer. Each class will begin with a set progression, and finish with a program decided by your instructor to tailor the workout to the group.
Goal: Strengthen core, arms, legs; restore neutral curvature of the spine; challenge the core and peripheral muscles
Method: Your body vs. spring resistance, gravity, and a moving platform
Benefits: Increased resistance builds strength and muscle tone in shoulders, arms, hips, legs; resistance also makes some difficult mat exercises more accessible; less “thinking” required to “feel” an exercise compared to Pilates Mat. Movement creates challenge for core muscles and helps build stability in shoulders, knees, hips, and core. Elevation allows for increased range of motion and a variety of positions to use to mobilize the body against gravity.
Bring: Sticky socks, towel, water, change of clothes.